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Long Beach

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 770, each entry gets six sets (24 total tires);
* Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 350, each entry gets three sets (12 total tires);
* Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 436, each entry has five sets of the street-course rain tire available this weekend.

Firestone tires
Firestone tires

Photo by: Andy Sallee

The alternate tire program, part of the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2009, calls for a second tire specification at a road- or street-course race weekend using the same construction as the primary specification, but with a softer tread compound to provide more grip and faster lap times while trading off compound durability in exchange for those shorter-term advantages. Firestone's alternate tires are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls.

The dry weather tires are the Street Course Primary, which is a new spec for 2011, and has been track proven at St. Pete earlier this year. This same primary spec will also be used at Brazil. Making its debut this weekend, the Street Course Alternate is also new for 2011 and is planned to be used again at Toronto.

Per series regulations, all cars must use at least one set of primary tires and one new alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps. Otherwise, teams are free to use their tire allotment as they see fit, though a new rule for 2011 limits cars to one set of tires (team choice of primary or alternate) for each qualifying segment.

We're looking forward to another great show this weekend.

Al Speyer

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What else is there to say about Long Beach, other than we're looking forward to once again being the Official Tire of this legendary event that is entering its 37th year? Great fans, great weather, and a full field of talented drivers in beautiful IZOD IndyCar Series cars - it doesn't get much better than that. Firestone Racing engineers have developed new street course primary and alternate tires for 2011. The primary tire was used a few weeks ago in St. Pete, and the difference between the two specs made for some exciting racing, particularly between Simona de Silvestro and Tony Kanaan in the closing laps. We're looking forward to another great show this weekend."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each race in 2011, Firestone Racing nominates three drivers who best used their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to following the race and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move. Tony Kanaan, who advanced 18 positions to finish sixth (including moving up 10 spots on the first lap), was the leading vote-getter for the April 10 race at Barber Motorsports Park and will be presented the $10,000 check in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Simona de Silvestro
Tags izod, long beach